NRL on Nine


A new look set for the half time break from a box at the SCG. Looks good.


Brad Fittler was dressed for the occasion tonight, wearing a dark coloured windcheater with the heavy rain in Sydney.


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What a stupid name.

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How does people think of the ‘revamped’ coverage and post game shows so far? Is it an improvement on before?


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For me, anything was an improvement on the old Footy Show.


Sorry if it’s already been talked about, but have Nine reverted on their decision last year to have all Melbourne Storm games on the main channel? (i.e.) last Thursday?


It was only Friday night games last year which were on the main channel. When Storm played on a Thursday night or Sunday 4pm game it was on 9Gem.

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Thanks for that. Oh okay, my bad.

It will be interesting to see it that same strategy continues this year when Nine have a Storm game on a Friday night. From what I remember last year, the ratings were quite disappointing from a main channel and share perspective, though on the flip side they get better reach and exposure.

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Doesn’t help being up against the AFL of course.


A timeslot Nine will never win in Melbourne. But which would rate higher - live NRL featuring the Storm, or alternative programming?


Possibly alternate programming in Melbourne. It has been a lopsided battle in its 7:30pm Friday timeslot against AFL on 7. Seven won the night easily in not just Melbourne, but around the 5-city metro station. In fact, Nine made the right decision to shunt the match to Gem in Victoria and tasmania. Tasmania, Adelaide and Perth have small amount of nrl supporters.

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What I’m sort of getting at is, Nine have to decide on put all Storm games on the main channel in Melbourne or none at all.

Flip flopping and sitting on the fence to see just makes it confusing, already confusing enough with having GEM and SD and the abrupt randomly changing end times.

That’s ill judged I’d say, Shoudy.




Following a first round filled with photo finishes, tight contests and upsets, the action of Round 2 NRL on Nine promises to produce more thrilling encounters.

Live on Macca’s Thursday Night Footy tonight at 7.30pm AEDT, the Rabbitohs look to back up their defeat of the 2018 premiers, the Sydney Roosters, when they take on the wounded St George Illawarra Dragons. The key to this contest lies in the forward pack, with the Dragons lamenting the loss of NSW Origin representatives Tyson Frizell and Jack de Belin, along with the suspended Korbin Sims.

South Sydney will field an almost unchanged side, hoping for another star turn from halfback Adam Reynolds, while the Dragons need their playmakers Ben Hunt, Gareth Widdop and Corey Norman to fire.

The game of the round is at Suncorp Stadium on Friday Night Footy : the next chapter in the always exciting Broncos versus Cowboys saga. The Cowboys were in sharp form at home in Round 1, with the competition’s most devastating forward, Jason Taumololo, having a monster game alongside fellow bruisers Matt Scott, Coen Hess and Jordan McLean. Brisbane’s pack look up to the task, with heavyweights Tevita Pangai Junior and David Fifita pivotal in a game that could be decided by the big men.

Chemist Warehouse Sunday Footy features two teams very familiar with ANZ Stadium: the Parramatta Eels and Canterbury Bulldogs. Parramatta fans are on a high following the Eels’ tough win last week against the more fancied Panthers. All eyes will again be on their exciting young guns, five-eighth Dylan Brown and hooker Reed Mahoney, who are 18 and 20 respectively.

After their drubbing by the New Zealand Warriors, the Bulldogs forward pack including new signing Dylan Napa need to make a stand and lay down a platform for playmakers Kieran Foran and Lachlan Lewis to make a winning impact.

Broadcast Times

Tonight – Thursday, March 21
Dragons vs Rabbitohs

Sydney 7.30pm LIVE on Nine
Brisbane 7.00pm LIVE on Nine
Melbourne 7.30pm LIVE on 9GEM
Adelaide 7.00pm LIVE on 9GEM
Perth 4.30pm LIVE on 9GEM

Friday – March 22
Broncos vs Cowboys

Sydney 7.30pm LIVE on Nine
Brisbane 7.00pm LIVE on Nine
Melbourne 7.30pm LIVE on 9GEM
Adelaide 7.00pm LIVE on 9GEM
Perth 4.30pm LIVE on 9GEM

Sunday – March 24
Bulldogs vs Eels

Sydney 3.00pm LIVE on Nine
Brisbane 2.00pm LIVE on Nine
Melbourne 3.00pm LIVE on 9GEM
Adelaide 2.30pm LIVE on 9GEM
Perth 12.00pm LIVE on 9GEM


  • MACCA’S THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTY – Dragons vs Rabbitohs , LIVE from Netstrata Jubilee Stadium at 7.30pm AEDT on Nine.

Host and commentators: James Bracey, Ray Warren, Johnathan Thurston, Ruan Sims, Billy Slater, Paul Vautin, Andrew Johns, Danika Mason, Brad Fittler.

MACCA’S GOLDEN POINT – LIVE following Dragons vs Rabbitohs from Netstrata Jubilee Stadium. It explores the big stories to come out the game, and features exclusive behind-the-scenes access to players and coaches on the field and in the sheds.


  • FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTY – Broncos vs Cowboys , LIVE from Suncorp Stadium at 7.30pm AEDT on Nine.

Host and commentators: Erin Molan, Phil Gould, Wally Lewis, Johnathan Thurston, Sam Thaiday, Billy Slater, Andrew Johns, Darren Lockyer, Brad Fittler, Mat Thompson.

  • FRIDAY NIGHT KNOCK OFF – LIVE following Broncos vs Cowboys from Suncorp Stadium. It explores the big stories to come from the game, and has exclusive behind-the-scenes access to players and coaches on the field and in the sheds.


  • SPORTS SUNDAY – Sunday at 10.00am AEDT, LIVE on Nine. This week: host James Bracey is joined by regulars Peter FitzSimons and Liz Ellis, with special guests Richard Freedman and Neil Breen and Matildas striker Emily Gielnik.

  • SUNDAY NRL FOOTY SHOW – LIVE from 11.00am AEDT on Nine. Host Erin Molan will cover all the Round 2 action so far with Brad Fittler, Peter Sterling and Billy Slater.

  • CANTERBURY CUP NSW – Canterbury Bulldogs vs Wentworth Magpies, LIVE from Leichhardt Oval at 1.00pm AEDT on Nine for NSW viewers ONLY.

Hosts and commentators: Peter Psaltis, Jamie Soward, Danika Mason.

  • INTRUST SUPER CUP QLD – Wynnum Manly Seagulls vs Redcliffe Dolphins, LIVE from BMD Kougari Oval at 2.00pm AEST on Nine for QLD viewers ONLY.

Hosts and commentators: Scott Sattler, Mark Braybrook, Adam Jackson.

  • CHEMIST WAREHOUSE SUNDAY KICK OFF – LIVE from ANZ Stadium at 3.00pm AEDT on Nine ahead of Chemist Warehouse Sunday Footy . A preview of the upcoming action from the best minds in the game.

  • CHEMIST WAREHOUSE SUNDAY FOOTY – Bulldogs vs Eels, LIVE from ANZ Stadium at 4.00pm AEDT on Nine.

Host and commentators: James Bracey, Peter Sterling, Ruan Sims, Andrew Johns, Brad Fittler, Darren Lockyer, Mat Thompson.


  • 100% FOOTY – 10.00pm AEDT on Nine. 100% Footy is the home of the strongest opinions in rugby league from the people who count. Phil Gould returns with Paul Gallen, alongside Queensland great Darren Lockyer, journalist Danny Weidler and host James Bracey.

*** Check local guides for details. Times will differ.*


James Bracey discusses the biggest rugby league issues of the week with NRL legend and expert commentator Phil Gould on Six Tackles with Gus .

This week:

  • The possibility of expansion in the NRL, with talk of new teams on the agenda
  • The future of young NRL stars such as Dylan Brown
  • Rumours about the possible return of Sonny Bill Williams

Good to see the statistics from tonight’s match pop on screen. Latrell mitchell is determined


Is it possible to watch the QLD cup game of the week in NSW?
I know it’s on Fox League on Wednesday mornings but would like to watch the live game.


Perhaps with a VPN you could trick 9Now into thinking you’re in QLD and watch it live that way?


So Nine has recruited Mark Braybrook? It’s about time.

He can do Broncos home games.